The summers of my youth consisted of lots of swimming. Unfortunately, all that swimming was for the local swim team, and I was very much in the middle of the pack. Despite that, I remember pushing myself so I could be a member of the first relay team. Towards the end of my time on the team, I finally achieved that goal. Even though my place on the first relay team didn’t last long, the fact that I reached that level meant a lot.
With that memory firmly locked in place, I turned my attention to Aiden’s journey through the Academy and his struggle to get out from under Sebastian’s shadow.
Come, sit down and allow me to give you a mini-escape and kindle your imagination.
“Watch where you’re going.”
Aiden’s smile curdled as his fingertips brushed his shoulder. “I wasn’t the one ignoring the people surrounding me, Sebastien.”
The lean student came to a halt and turned around, cocking his head. After a few heartbeats, Sebastien’s mouth widened as he sauntered towards his classmate. With a lopsided grin, he adjusted Aiden’s collar and patted his cheek. “Considering your station, I’m surprised you decided to stand up for yourself.” Sebastien’s smile stretched as he leaned closer. “In case you forgot, I bested you easily in our recent duel.”
Aiden brushed Sebastien’s hands off him and stepped forward, forcing the taller student to retreat. “You shouldn’t hang on to that fluke.”
“Big words from a loser.”
As Aiden’s lips trembled, raindrops seeped through a small crack, running through a nearby window. With a beaming grin, Aiden drew his thumb across his nose.
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